Celebration of Florida Playwrights Highlights Diversity on the Stage Feb. 10-12

Pompano Beach Cultural Center is excited to present the NCPLab Short Play Festival, which brings the South Florida community together to celebrate the diversity and resilience of the regionDozens of theatre artists have come together in the past year to write and act in brand new plays every month, and now you can enjoy six of the very best plays for the first time! Shows are on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11 at 8pm, and Sunday, February 12 at 3pm. General admission tickets are $16, or $25 for admission, one drink and a raffle ticket for a chance to win tickets to upcoming NCP and Cultural Center events. Tickets are available at the door! For more information, www.pompanobeacharts.org

“This group excels at creating intimate theatre experiences, where audiences are physically close to the actors and feel involved in the story,” said Ty Tabing, Cultural Affairs Director. “The selection of short plays featured during this production will take the audience through the gamut of emotions and will offer a brilliant look at the process of transforming words into an experience.”

The festival provides a chance for audiences to see a varied group of the best short plays produced in a week’s time, guerilla-style. This group of plays was sourced from March-December 2022 at the NCPLab monthly event for writers and actors that operates in person and on Zoom.

“Watching a new play come to life is a truly brilliant process,” said Tim Davis, New City Players’ Producing Artistic Director. “We are excited to be partnering with the Pompano Beach Cultural Center on this project and are thrilled to welcome theater lovers to experience the debut of these outstanding new works.”

Produced by Krystal Valdes, Elizabeth Price and Tim Davis, and directed by Elizabeth Price, this selection of work features the acting talents of Arlette del Toro, Tyler Grimes, Caroline Dopson, Jenora Hamilton, Martyna Reczka and Brian Cox. Live music for transitions and effects is provided by Krystal Valdes. Each show will present six short plays written by local writers and performed by local stage actors.

The Plays

Summer Salt & Pepper by Jazz Patterson

Sparks fly just after closing time!

Good Breeding by Ilana Jael

Dogs sometimes sense attraction before their owners do.

That Desert Wind by Nancy Temple

Two strangers connect in a Walmart parking lot.

Encounter by Michael Gioia

An alien orb pays a late night visit!

A Faint Rumor of Existence by Chuck Smith

A man and the android he built face the mystery of the end together.

Stuck in Limbo by Helen Cheng Mao

Three young women confess all to get out of limbo!


About New City Players

New City Players is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, ensemble-based, professional theatre company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Their mission is to create community through transformative theatre, and their vision is to help South Florida become a more empathetic and thoughtful community. The organization values professional and artistic excellence, and commits to staging powerful and poignant works that are theatrically superior, emotionally engaging, thematically challenging, and ultimately, transformative. NCP also prioritizes color-conscious casting which acknowledges race and serves to deepen theatrical conversations.

About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes visual arts, digital media, music, film, theater, dance and public art for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City’s premiere cultural arts venues, including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Ali Cultural Arts Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, and the Blanche Ely House Museum. The department also oversees the City’s Public Art Program and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant awarded to the Pompano Beach Crossroads place-making arts initiative.

Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 West Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach.

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